Album: I Don't Believe We've Met (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • Danielle Bradbery co-penned seven of the tracks for her I Don't Believe We've Met album marking her songwriting debut. The young singer collaborated for this number with her "go-to girl" in Nashville, Emily Weisband and the Swede Johan Fransson and the trio penned the tune in around an hour. Bradbery told The Boot the story of the song:

    "Johan's actually based in Sweden. He was in town for a couple of weeks writing with a bunch of artist-writers. It was my first time meeting him, not my first time meeting Emily; she's one of my really good friends. It was just a day of getting to know each other: have fun, just talk about life and, just, normal stuff before we actually dig deep into a song.

    They asked me, 'You're in the middle of your sophomore record - What are you looking for? Are you missing anything? Have you written too much of something that we need to stay away from? What is it?' And I said, 'You know, the more I think about it, I want - or I need - a song that's laid back and fun and can be a "crowd participation" song. I've never had one of those.'

    And they're like, 'Okay. That's awesome. I like that idea.' And Johan, being so amazing at tracks and making the music, he started out with this really cool piano sound and then just added on from there, and me and Emily were going back and forth with the lyrics. I told her, 'I don't want to think too much about the lyrics either, because we'll get lost, and it will take too long, and it won't come natural.' And so we did just that. We had fun, just threw out lyrics to each other and narrowed that down."
  • The song finds Bradbery urging listeners to forget their troubles and just sway along to the music. Bradbery gave fans their first taste of "Sway" in August 2016 during a Facebook Live event, before releasing it as the album's lead single. She said:

    "It ended up being the first single off the new record, which is exactly what I wanted, because it's a song that tells people to take a break from reality for a second, set the phone down, stop looking at the news, or whatever; take your shoes off and have fun. So I'm glad the song came into this world."

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